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i'm thomas roberts. appreciate your time. we're going to get to all of those stories. first, breaking news for you. it deals with libya, and moments ago the white house announcing it is going forward with unilateral sanctions against libya. there is the white house press secretary, jay carney who made announcements and takes reporter questions as we speak. the final stages of the process, as that country moves closer to the bring of civil war. mike viqueira at the white house for us. explain how we just learned this, and what's the roll-out as sapgss are going to come down? >> reporter: after days of criticism of the white house a couple of rough briefings in the briefing room, jay carney appeared late, waiting for the latest from the situation room and announced the united states was going to move forward with unilateral sanctions, as yet unspecified. we have to emphasize that. they haven't spelled out what sanctions might be. we can assume they're going to be economic in nature. also moving to freeze the assets of certain libyan oqtionals up
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to and including the leadership family, the gadhafi's family assets, around the world. the president announced he'll meet with ban ki-moon here monday in washington. the president has been on the phone with key allies around the region, the prime minister of turkey, italian leader berlusconi and prime minister cameron. several conversations he's had with him over the last several days. everything that was on the table the white house had been talking about behind the scenes they were looking at, short of trying to institute a no-fly zone, at least at this time. jay carney, the press secretary, saying that colonel gadhafi has lost the legitimacy and the faith and confidence of the libyan people. that much is clear. now carney adding that the u.s. embassy has been shuttered, it is not operational there. there's been a flight that just left within the last hour or so, according to carney, with u.s. nationals and embassy personnel has taken off from the airport in tripoli and headed out of the country.
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>> we'll rehind everybody that martin fletcher is in malta, where over 300 passengers on board a ferry trapped spent 60 hours on the ferry. live picture there's. 167 americans on there, 180 other nationals from other nations around the world that were able to leave libya on board this ferry that just docked moments ago in malta. i want to talk to you, though, as we watch all of these things unfold concerning libya. the president meeting today with the nation's governors. talk about what came out of that meeting, as certainly wisconsin would be a hot topic there. >> reporter: you would have thought so. but when the governors, the democratic governors, a dwindling number after the november elections, came out behind me in the white house driveway all they wanted to emphasize the fact they were talking about jobs. they wanted to talk about federal infrastructure, money on roads, bridges, what have you, coming to their states, trying to stipulamulate their economy.
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obviously budget shortfalls a big issue. they insisted there was no discussion about the situation in çwisconsin, something they called a distraction. a lot of this is message discipline on the part of democratic governors. they want to talk about jobs. perhaps a rockier meeting will come sunday when all of the governors around the country, as part of annual winter meetings of the national governors association are here at the white house on sunday to meet with the president. a number of issues, including stimulus funding, high-speed rail funding that many republicanrefused, sent back to washington, as well as lawsuits and moves around the country by republican legislatures and state governments to try to turn back the president's health care law he signed into law last april. >> i'm surprised that it wasn't a hotter topic, but you know what? color me red. i'm surprised. mike viqueira. i want to take you back and show you live pictures of the ferry that just arrived in
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malta. mart martin fletcher is there and talking with people who just came off the ferry. it's 167 u.s. citizens on board, 180 others, as well who have spent 60 hours on board this vessel because of bad weather conditions, choppy seas. they weren't able to leave to arrive safely in malta. martin telling us earlier there were no beds on board. they got their first hot meal last night. but now they have safely arrived in malta. again, we'll keep you posted on that story and bring you more. oil prices appear to be stabilizing, after a big spike due to the unrest in the middle east. we see prices peaking at pumps as the president tries to ease the fears. >> well, a specific concern in certain sectors is this movement. even it's not utility, it's not electricity, it's going to be oil prices in particular. we actually think that we'll be able to ride out the libya
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situation and things will stabilize. >> some say house democrats riding it out is not good enough and urging the president to tap the nation's oil reserve. the reserveç holds over 700 million barrels of oil, enough to cover imports for 85 days. congresswoman rosa delarro is one of the democrats. great to have you with us. have we reached that critical stage where it will be critically necessary to tap into the reserve? >> first of all, thank you, i'm delighted to be with you. let's take a look at oil prices. they've gone up and have been going up before we had any tension in the middle east or in north africa. you've got oil at 100 a barrel. it's rapidly going to 147. that's the high mark in july of 2008. you have to translate that to what it means to families who are struggling today with 9% unemployment in this country.
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it's not only filling up your gas tang, but it's home heating oil and it's food prices. so what we are suggesting, and i'm happy to join colleagues, ed markey of massachusetts and peter welch of vermont v., and what we're saying is try to calm the markets and have some stabilizing. and as you pointed out, the reserve is filled to capacity, which means that we might be able to release some that would help to bring prices down in the short term and there isn't a question of supply at the moment. but the fact is, is that we can calm those markets. when looking at gas prices that are going up a nickel in the last week to $3.40 a gallon, in connecticut, we are on our way to $4 a gallon gasoline again. so we're just saying, consider.
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we have not -- we are asking the president to consider releasing some of the strategy ex-petroleum reserve. in the past as george bush sr. and junior did as well as bill clinton it helped drive the cost down. we're in the midst of an economic recovery, trying to have an economic recovery. why wouldbwe want to see gasoline prices set us back and set back struggling american families. >> libya certainly has our attention right now for the unrest that's going on there. >> right. >> it's the world's 12th largest oil supplier. not the only pliy supplier, one being saudi arabia producing more oil for the shortfall. why not follow the president's lead. >> don't you think it's opening up a slippery slope? if you get into the reserve now as a precautionary measure? >> i think we have seen rising gasoline prices long before we
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were dealing with any tensions in the middle east or africa. so, the point is, let's not wait until it happens. let's try to calm those markets now and not allow for those prices to continue to rise, because families, quite frankly, can't afford it. you made a point about it's not just libya. there's saudi arabia, others. this moves us to the point that what we have to do is to become energy independent, that we shouldn't be relying on our oil from libya or saudi arabia or anywhere else and we've got to focus and invest in trying to become energy independent in the united states. >> i wanted to ask you about that, because as we continue to talk about crises that we've seen over the decades, how is the white house, though, responding to your call for this action? and are you trying to provide those solutions that you want to talk about to get us to more energy independence? in first of all in the president's budget, he makes real investment in energy and energy research to move us in that direction.
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the white house is very strong in that effort and we need to continue to do that. it is really going to be where we are going to succeed in this effort. there's going to be continued unrest, if it's whether it's in the middle east or whether it's in nigeria or other places. we have to take our fate in this area io our own hands. >>ç congresswoman delauro, appreciate your time. lawmakers in washington have to one week to find common ground on the budget or faces the possibility of a shutdown. congress returns monday. the issue is sure to be front center. joy ann reid, editor of the i want to say hi and welcome. robert, i want to start with you and get into this. as we talked about what's go on with the republicans, should we believe that the public is
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backing them on this one, but their constituents may sing a different tune when social security checks stop coming? are republicans prepared to stand their ground and allow a shutdown? >> if in fact the government shuts down which i believe the republicans do not want to happen as well as democrats, social security collects will continue to roll. folks that serve our armed forces will continue to get paychecks, just nonessential things will shut down. for example, the smithsonian institution here in washington, you won't be able to get a passpo passport. things that are major, major inconveniences, those things can wait for a few moments but the essential things will continue. to answer your question, thomas, i don't believe the republicans want a government shutdown. i believe they're rolling up that your sleeves, trying to work with democrats in earnest because the democrats do not want to shut down either. the american people are sick and tired, according to the recent polls, 55%, are saying we have to stop the runaway government spending. we have to curtail what we spend here in washington, d.c.
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the real question becomes, when you ask the follow-up question is, is okay you're okay with the government shutting down in terms of government spending roll back. what do you want the government to scale back on? that's what a lot of the american people say, not in my backyard, we have to have x, y, or z. that's the dilemma. >> the shutdown in '95 sealed the deal for clinton for a second term. democrats not offering much in the way of substantial cuts in their spending plan. two sides seem far from an agreement over this one. anything to save this andç fin the real compromise? >> well, i think what a lot of democrats, particularly on the left fear, the white house, which they definitely do not want a government shutdown, feel it would be terrible politics for both sides they'll start to capitulate and do some of the spending cuts which a report said if you're to cut $61 billion that republicans want to cut it would impact economic growth negatively and could result in 2% reduction in gdp.
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but i think the other important thing is that, you know, republicans may feel that certain of these government functions are nonessential but actually quite essential to a lot of people and also the other impact that was not mentioned was that the united states, as a debtor -- the united states credit worthiness would come into question. whether or not we're a reckless country that is not properly servicing our debt because debt servicing comes under government spending. you can't say we're going to shut down the government with no consequences internationally. americans would feel the pin. of it over time. for the gop, they allow another government shutdown, it's going to like like they're cap taken chaos. they get into government and the wheels fall off, the government is shutting down. since they haven't done anything on jobs, this is what they'll be known for going forward into the campaign season and for republicans that would be bad news. >> joy-ann, when you talk about
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that, don't people need to have an idea when they get back in there to start working that they're going to be able to effort something forward? so if the democrats really aren't coming up with anything substantial to bring to the table, how are they supposed to start the compromise? >> well, i think that the problem is, is that we're still working at the 12 to 20% of the budget that is discretionary. there's not a serious discussion being had about the big pieces of the budget. one of the things the democrats can say they did was to start to rein in health care via the health care overhaul. tea partiers did spent spending on the military side. when you ask people, do you want pto cut spending? that's way down the list. as a matter of economics cutting spending is not the priority when bringing the economy back. democrats need to make the case, closing your library and taking infa mill away from poor infant ises not going to bring the economy back into balance and
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create jobs. >> have to thank you guys. i need to go back to breaking news coming to us out of malta. nbc's martin fletcher is there. we're seeing the ferry carrying 300 passengers, 167 americans on board. have you started to see the first passengers coming safely to shore? >> reporter: not yet but they must be very, very relieves to be here. they're waiting on -- i can see them in the win goes of the ferry. they docked about 20 minutes ago and there's a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, police on motor bikes have been riding up to the ferry and ambulances standing by in case anybody needs medical help, and also police. the dock side is full of people from malta that have come to look at the ferry landing. but we're waiting any moment they'll be getting off the boat after this tremendous -- i mean they were trapped twice. trapped in libya and trapped on the forries for 2 1/2 days. must be so delighted to be here.
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>> while at commendations, it looks look a nice ferry, certainly one that's up to date, there are not beds on board. so talk about the living conditions that these people had to suffer through over the last 60 hours. >> reporter: it's a comfortable and modern ferry but there are no beds. they've been sitting in chairs and presumably wandering around. it's only 200-foot ferry. so it's -- it must have been pretty miserable. we weren't table to talk to anybody on the ferry. mostly because they had been told by officials not speak to the media. we assume because the government didn't want the passengers, anybody on board, to say anything that may upset the libyans who may then make problems. it was hard enough to leave in the first place becaused of terrible weatherç conditions, strong winds and high waves kept the ferry in tripoli port for
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2 1/2 days. but we were able to speak to one passenger, a lady called norah, did message nbc and told us actually conditions weren't too bad on the boat and everybody united states behaving in a dignified man somewhere they were getting food and she was very happy to report that they got a warm meal last night. i guess that must have been the first warm meal in two days. >> what do we know is next for these people, as they now arrive safely in malta? is there a plan in place, as we said there are 167 americans on board, and it's 118 other foreigners that are on board this vessel, do we know how they're going to be taken to accommodations, how they're going to be given food, maybe hotel or something like that, or are they on their own the moment that they step off the ferry? >> reporter: well, there is a plan but it isn't much of a plan. i spoke to the american embassy. the red cross is here to greet them. also members of the american embassy. the american embassy, they tell me, they're handing out snacks.
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red cross will give medical treatment to anybody who needs it. they'll then be put on buses. some of the passengers have made their own reservations in hotels and others will make -- find hotels now. in other words, bottom line is, once they get off the ferry and they've been processed and names taken and gone through customs and got a snack from the embassy, they're essentially on their own to find hotels and they're going to make their own bookings. so i guess the american government involvement was in chartering the ferry, making sure everybody's healthy getting off the boat, and then essentially on their own making their own way back home. >> do we know individual stories of the 167 americans, some of the reasons that would take them to libya? was it work? what professional reasons were people there in libya and need to be getting out in this evacuati evacuation? >> reporter: that's a good question. why would you work in libya? there's a lot of workers who come to libya for two reasons, construction and the oil industry. so there's a lot of american workers in the oil industry,
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mostly of the professional level engineers and that çkind-of course hundreds -- there's 1.5 million foreign workers in libya, mostly construction workers and oil workers. but the americans would have been in more higher level jobs. and of the 167 americans on board, the maria delaros, 35 from the american embassy. so they'll be getting off the boat, too. >> what do we know about other plans for evacuees trying to leave libya right now? are there more that the embassy is trying to safely get out? >> reporter: yeah, there was another plane, the first american charter, the americans were able to get in, through out today from tripoli to turkey with, i believe, 100-plus americans on board. so they're okay. altogether, there were 600 americans in libya and also another 3,000 libyan-americans.
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so adding up the numbers, about 267 or so, say, close to 300, americans of the 600 are out today. and the rest presumably want to get out. but actually there are only about 280 passengers on board this boat and capacity of the boat is 600. so presumably many passengers who wanted to -- many americans in libya who wanted to leave didn't make it to the boat. by the way, as i'm talking to you, the very first passenger's coming off the boat, who has a red sweater, carrying a bag. a couple coming with a baby. so now -- i don't know what they're going to do. i can't imagine -- i can't see anybody kissing the ground but i wouldn't be surprised if they felt like doing that. >> you're starting to see some of the first come off. we saw a man carried down by the help of -- by the aid of three other people carried down in a wheelchair. they're letting off elderly and
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maybe some of the women and children first? >> reporter: yeah, probably those who need medical attention would come off first, that's for certain. and ambulances standing. i mean, many of the people -- some of the peopleç may have bn elderly, 2 1/2 days on a boat without a bed may have been too much for them. it is believe it or not, a tourist destination. some of the people coming off would be tourists, yeah. >> right now we have a tight shot on one of the gangways i think at the center of the ship. two exits. i was noticing a larger exit off the back of the boat. are there going to people coming off both exits or mainly the middle gangway plank we should look for for the passengers? >> reporter: a really can't tell you. i imagine it's the middle. it's the middle one. bearing in mine, it's a ferry, which normally takes -- this particular boat normally takes people between malta, libya, and
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crete and with cars on board, too. the passenger exit would probably be that middle one, and the big exits at the end would be for the cars. >> the vehicles. >> reporter: for vehicles. but of course, who knows? i'm sure they'll be flooding off -- it seems to be well-organized, by the way. no sense of people rushing off the boat. clearly we can see them in the windows, people still sitting down wondering, waiting their call, no doubt, to be told when their turn comes to get off the boat. >> what time is it there in malta? >> reporter: now it's about 9:15, i believe. local time. >> we'll continue to let you get reporting done on the ground. martin fletcher in malta, as this ferry that was carrying 167 americans is safely arrived from libya in malta.
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will toppling regimes throughout the middle east embolden iran? a "new york times" suggests it already has. michael singh for middle east affairs and a fellow at the washington institute for middle east policy. we saw iranian naval ships pass through the suez canal, for the first time since 1979, time to be considered about the relationship with the countries we look at this, with the u.s. hasn't it had stable relations with countries like egypt? why would we allow that to happen? >> well, this particular passage of ships through the suez canal, i think, is not something we allowed so much as the iranians thought they could take advantage of unstaying
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situation. i think the iranians are feeling confident in the things happening in the region. remember, before any of this even broke out, hezbollah had taken power in lebanon, the latest round of nuclear negotiations in istanbul has failed and it looks like they're rebuilding their uranium enrichment program. they see revolutions as islamic revolutions, anti-western revolutions, in the same sort of spirit of their 1979 islamic revolution. and so with this confidence comes boldness to do the suezç canal passage. i think the danger, frankly, iranians will overreach and they may, whether intentionally or unintentionally, spark some conflagration, whether with israel or the lebanon border, for example. >> do you think that egypt is trying to send a message to the u.s.? >> i think right now egypt is simply in a period of transition where it's not clear who exactly is in charge, not clear who is giving authorizationer to this
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sort of thing and while egypt is in this period of transition and weakness we can expect iranians to try to take charge of the region and try to exploit the situation. >> michael, also before the uprising, saudi arabia, undeniably, had a lot of influence in the region and of course is our key ally. have they lost a foothold on the neighbors? >> they lost a key ally in hosni mubarak and one of the other key allies in bahrain is under quite a bit of pressure. moammar gadhafi was no ally whatsoever of the saudis and i'm sure no they're not shedding any tears at his demise. i think a lot will depend on what follows in egypt andhat follows in bahrain. whether or not the saudis maintain their position or whether the iranians and gain, and from our perspective, whether or not the united states gains or loses in all of this. and that's something where we, the saudis, and all of our allies in the region will need to do our best to play a
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positive role to exercise influence in these transitions, to provide assistance in funding to ensure that the outcome is positive for all of us. >> a fine line to walk. michael singh, thank you. stay with us. we're following breaking news, as american evacuees arrive safely in malta. we'll have much more. kid, i cow kate on that ice. what was i thinking? but i was still skating on thin ice with my cholesterol. anyone with high cholesterol may be at increased risk of heart attack. diet and exercise weren't enough for me. i stopped kidding myself. i've been eating healthier, exercising more and now i'm also taking lipitor. if you've been kidding yourself about high cholesterol, stop. lipitor is a cholesterol-lowering medication, fda approved to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients who have heart disease or risk factors for heart disease. lipitor is backed by over 18 years of research. [ female announcer ] lipitor is not for everyone, including people with liver problems and women who are nursing, pregnant, or may become pregnant. you need simple blood tests to check for liver problems.
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hi, everyone. i'm trish reagan. let's take a quick look how the market is stacking up as we head into the final 30 minutes of trading. wow, what a difference a day makes at dow jones industrial average, up 6 a1 points. s&p trading above the 1300 lel, up 13 points. and the nasdaq composite index in positive territory by 41 points here. investors are breathing a bit of -- a sigh of relief for now. a new government report shows slower economic growth in the fourth quarter.
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down to 2.8 from an initial estimate of 3.2. that lackluster gdp was due mostly to a sharp decline in government investments and less than robust consumer spending. chicago-based boeing won a $35 billion contract to build nearly 200 airborne tankers for the u.s. air force, one of the largest defense contracts ever. it's expected to add tens of thousands of jobs in 40 states with a financial boost that will affect an entire generation. that is it from cnbc, first in business worldwide. back to you. msnbc's dylan ratigan continuing his steel on wheels tour searching for solutions to some of america's most pressing problems. the tour wraps up at the hoover dam and it's a beautiful sight. dylan joins us live from the hoover dam to explain why they took the show there. the dam, though, a great example. you look like a king on a throne. the dam is a great example ofç innovative thinking that got
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people back to work at a time when people needed those jobs. is this a logical reason why it's the close-out of the tour? >> reporter: sure. and look around, thomas. i mean, two words occurred to me. splendor and majesty. it's not just the dam. and it we'll get into the public works and the resources and the job creation that's represented there. it's not just about that dam. >> you know -- we lost the dam shot, unfortunately. >> reporter: it's an opportunity. >> now we got it back. dylan, are you there? >> reporter: how are you? it's so beautiful that it blew out the camera. but again, when you look not just at the physical structure, but look at what is actually here, thomas, it is almost impossible not to be inspired. we are in a situation where obviously there's a lot to be done, inspiration obviously
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central to that. these are the sorts of things we are clearly capable of. these are the sorts of things that we clearly have an opportunity to celebrate. this afternoon's show is simply a celebration, not only of the beautiful public works that are here, but the beautiful country that we are lucky to live in. >> you also get a chance to speak to the nevada attorney general? >> reporter: we will do that. again we continue our no way to live coverage. we're going to not only talk to the nevada attorney general about her efforts to move forward, not only with investigations, but hopefully criminal indictments for the fraud that was disclosed in the financial crisis inquiry report and the home owners suffering as a result of the ongoing taxpayer subsidies to the banking system paying themselves and screwing america. >> look forward to seeing you guys, the show after 4:00. dylan, have a great show. see you soon. scientists working hard to uncover what's behind the deaths of some 53 bottle nose dolphins
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in the gum of mexico. yesterday five moreç washed upn louisiana, mississippi, alabama. many were adult, calves and feet tuesdays seemed to be making up the majority of the deaths. here to discuss the strange occurrence, jeff corwin. great to have you on today. what do you think is causing the deaths of these dolphins, as we continue to hear about it? >> good afternoon, thomas. it truly is a puzzlement, a real paradox. and you touched on something, to me, that i find incredibly alarming. out of the 53 dead dolphins, 29 of them were stillborn. they were fetuses that had not reached full term. this is something i've never heard of. typically, when you get a stranding of dolphins, you'll get a mixture of age classes. you'll get adults. you'll get calves. different generations. but to see this washup of all of these dead dolphins, it's very terrifying. the other thing we need to keep in mind, thomas, is that
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basically the pregnancy period of a bottle nosed dolphin is between 11 and 12 months. so during the height of this oil spill when the deepwater horizon sank, we had upwards to 5 million barrels of oil, over 800,000 gallons of dispersant dumped in the water. literally at the most important part or period of these dolphins' pregnancy. so you know, you can't make any conclusions until the evidence comes out. but it's alarming, and you have to wonder. >> when we talk about that, of course, that comes to mind, i think, for a lot of people. but, jeff, over the past several months we've been reporting on mass deaths of fish, birds, now we're seeing dolphins. do you think there's something else going on in the environment that could be kaz alty for this? >> i don't think there is, thomas. i think, basically, we've got apples and oranges. i actually went out to do a report on all of the blackbirds
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that were dying by the thousands, and that was the result of those birds being in the wrong place at the wrong time. people get access through the internet find causes thatç don exist. what we see happening with these doing fins, for example, in the years 2009 and 2010, there were no baby dolphins that washed up dead on the beaches of the gulf of mexico. and this year we're seeing more than 50. that is definitely a cause for us to be very concerned. the great question is, is the death of these dolphins the result of the oil spill? and the other thing i'm thinking about, thomas, is we're seeing what's washing up in the beach. what about all of the creatures that don't wash up? >> that's a really good point. there's no way to -- what are they doing, though to determine cause of death for the animals that are now being pulled off the beaches? >> excellent question.
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this literally becomes like a csi crime scene. all of the dead dolphins are secured, they're taken to laboratories throughout the gulf of mexico, laboratories under the watchful eye of the louisiana department of wildlife and fisheries, the other states involved and the u.s. official and wild life service, and know ya and they'll be doing necropsies like an animal autopsy. they will examine every element and physiology of the creatures to determine the cause of what killed them. if these animals perished because of that oil spill, we've just opened up a huge can of worms. and this is evidence, if these animals did die of the oil spill, that the impact of this environmental catastrophe will resonate and have a ripple effect into generations to come. >> jeff corwin, great to see you. appreciate your time. we're following that continuing breaking news out of malta, where the evacuated americans have arrived safely.
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167 americans were stuck in libya for three days on bore the maria delores ferry. as you can see right now, they are making their way off this ferry. they were on board this boat for over 60 hours. some are going to have to go through customs, now that they have arrived in malta. again, roughly 300 passengers on board thisç ferry that didn't have beds. it didn't have the capacity for feeding a mass crowd. typically this is just a ferry that goes between the two ports in a pretty quick fashion. it takes some vehicles on. you can drive on the ferry to get your car on and off. but again, 167 americans evacuated from libya, safely arriving now in malta. the reason why that they weren't able to believe originally is because of rough seas, bad weather that they were having. but now, again, everyone's safely arriving there in malta. cbs, if you haven't heard, has pulled the plug on the hit comity "two and a half men" after troubled star charlie sheen gave a no-holds bar radio interview attacking the show's
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creator. the show was supposed to return next week but charlie sheen's rant ended all hopes for that putting the show and the star's future in doubt. nbc's amy robach has more. >> you bad girl. >> reporter: it's quiet on the set for the rest of the season at the cbs smash hit comedy "two and a half men," all because the star, troubled actor, charlie sheen, could not keep quiet. >> it's over. there's a new sheriff in town. >> reporter: speaking out on the nationally syndicated program "the alex jones show" sheen broke ranks and went after chuck lorre, co-creator of "two and a half men," calling him a clown its nothing this side of deplorable, certain haim levine, mistook this rock star for his exit strategy. last time i checked haim, i spent i think close to the last decade effortlessly and magically converting your tin cans into pure gold and the gratitude i get in thises this
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charlatan chose not to do this job, which is to write. you've been warned, dude. bring it. >> this was absolutely the wildest interview i've ever done, period. >> reporter: jones says sheen is a good friend, but admits even he wasn't prepared for all of the things his pal had to say on his program. >> charlie had some surprises for me. a lot of that was news to me. >> reporter: sheen made the call from the bahamas and said he wasn't alone.ç tmz reports his come pannians were a porn star and model sheen called them goddesses but did says brooke mueller was with them for a time. >> where there were four, there are now three. but my brooke and good luck in your travels you're going to need it badly. >> reporter: sheen, recently receiving treatment at home for his addictions, talked about his sobriety. >> completely clean, aren't you? >> 100%. here's your first pee test. next one goes in your mouth, no, you won't get high. it's all good, quick panicking. >> reporter: he took aim at
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alcoholics anonymous, a program he used in the past calling it a bootleg cult. >> it's the work of sissies. the only thing i'm addicted to is winning. >> he feels like he has transcended drugs. he's transcended aa. he's doing this on his own. and he's somebody breaking out of a gilded cage. >> reporter: sheen is the highest paid actor on tv reportedly earning nearly 2 million an ep soeds. the show had been scheduled to go back into production next week but after the radio interview cbs announced it was canceled for this season citing sheen's statements, conduct and condition. >> you sound like thomas jeffer son. i'm not thomas jefferson. he was a [ bleep ]. i dare anyone to debate me on things. debate plea on a.a. right now. i have a disease, [ bleep ] i cured it with my brain, wit my mind. i'm cured. i'm done. >> while interview, to say the least. thanks to amy robach for that. msnbc's martin bashir made a star turn on jimmy fallon
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sect of the white house the first time a man and an openly gay individual will hole the position. the same week the observe administration announced the decision to defend the defense of marriage ability. dan stone joins me to talk about that. there seems to have been a lot of progress in one week. is the tide turning in american attitudes towards gays and lesbians? >> certainly what it seems like, two hot toings this week the administration's announcement we heard about the social secretary, it's very much em bow power ed this who supported ç same-sex unions. it empowered those who support traditional marriage, those against same-sex unions, they have been unable to prove standing in this case. and that's what a lot of this issue is, is standing in federal court. so far, the administration has been the one defending the defense of marriage act. now because it announced it
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would no longer do so, proponents of traditional marriage are saying, fine, we will, we'll do it a lot bet. >> criticism from conservatives that you would usually expect, it's kind of been deafeningly silent. so why isn't this the lightning rod issue that it once was? >> well, it still is. what we're seeing from those conservative folks who have traditionally opposed same-sex marriage, they're strategizing. speaker boehner meeting with lawyers on capitol hill to figure out how he and congress and defend the defense of marriage act after the administration announced it would no longer and hold the law to a higher standard. >> these decisions represent progress on the earns out there. the president has yet to fully reverse his stance against the federally recognized issue of same-sex marriage. that is the next step, or is that something that will really never see from president obama, at least in this term? >> well, that was certainly a significant step for him.
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it wasn't a terribly significant for the law. the real clang on same-sex marriage, if a change comes, is going to come from congress but people expect this to appear before the supreme court and until we get a change in the law,ot a procedural announcement that the administration announced this week, nothing will really clang. we're waiting for some court judicial announcement. >> and while i have you, i want to ask you about the bill in maryland, dan that will allow same-sex marriages in that state. so far it's passed the state senate, debated in the state house of delegates. do you have any sense, any insight whether or not it's going to pass? and if it does, what that means for same-sex marriage in other states? >> it's likely it will pass. maryland is of a blue pass. it's the next one after hawaii which we heard this week allowed that as@owell. the tide is shifting and many state allowed it. at the federal level, whether fen co when it comes to repealing the domestic, defense of marriage
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act or overturning it with the supreme court do, that could come in the coming years. there's a landslide of states starting to turn that way. so it certainly is progress. >> governor o'malley saying he would sign this if it reaches his deck, he's been mum on it otherwise. >> we don't know for sure if he's going to sign it. if both houses pass it maryland is expected to be the next state that allows same-sex marriages. >> we'll continue to watch. appreciate it. more developments on a story we brought you on thursday. those 1,900 rhode island teachers who were all getting pink slips, it's what's topping the news now. it's coming up next. stay with me. this is msnbc. somewhere in america... there's a home by the sea powered by the wind on the plains. there's a hospital where technology has a healing touch. there's a factory giving old industries new life. and there's a train that got a whole city moving again. somewhere in america, the toughest questions are answered every day.
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in the news now, 167 americans who were stuck on a ferry in libya have safely arrived in malta. at this hour, they are making their way off the ferry and through customs. rough water prevented the u.s. citizens from evacuating during
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te the escalating unrest there in the area. they spent 60 hours aboard thatç vessel. a day of rage in iraq has now turned deadly. officials say security forces killed at least five people while trying to turn back angry protesters in the northern part of the country. there were demonstrations across the country today as hundreds vented anger over unemployment, corruption, and poor public services throughout the country. u.s. troops in afghanistan are pulling out of an insurgent hot spot. "the new york times" reporting that the withdrawal from the pech valley started last week and will take about two months. nato forces are moving now to more populated areas. in new zealand, hope is fading of finding anymore survivors of tuesday's earthquake. at least 200 people are still missing after the magnitude 6.2 quake hit the city of christchurch. so far, rescuers have recovered the bodies of more than 100
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people. and it looks like providence, rhode island, is moving forward with its plans to give all its teachers pink slips. last night the school board voting 4 to 3 in favor of the many issue to send out termination letters to its 2,000 city teachers regarding employment for the fall semester. teachers call the move insane. city officials say it will give them the flexibility they need to make the proper budget cuts. there you have it. i appreciate your time. but don't go anywhere. "the dylan ratigan show" is coming your way next live from the hoover dam. we're america's natural gas. and here's what we did today:
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